Advice needed on heat output

Rob17 Posted By Rob17, Sep 14, 2008 at 12:31 PM

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  1. Rob17

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    Hi Guys,

    I've just come across this site while trying to find out some information on wood burning stoves. It seems I've stumbled across the experts here, with a wealth of information available. I've searched the site, but can't quite find what I'm looking for, so hopefully you can help.

    I want to have an 'insert' type stove installed in my living room. Main contenders so far are the Scan DSA 3-5, and the Morso 5660, but I'm also considering Jotul & Saey stoves. Using online calculators to work out the heating requirement, I have a figure of 4Kw. If the stoves rating is 3-8Kw, and I'm burning at the lower end of the scale, will it still be running effeciently? I'm assuming that it's just a case of using less fuel, but am concerned that doing so will impair the performance, and possibly damage the chimney & stove (chimney will be fitted with steel liner).

    I've also noticed that some stoves have fans fitted to aid combustion and circulation of air, but others don't. I'm tempted to get one without, as I don't much fancy sitting listening to a whirring fan, but are they really audible, and would I be better advised to have a fan model?

    Finally, knowing nothing about stoves, are the manufacturers I've suggested any good, or can anyone suggest an alternative?

    Any advice or guidance gratefully received, as I'm totally new to world of stoves.

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  2. wellbuilt home

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    I think it would be ok You mite have to clean your flue a few times a year. If you could burn at more then half capacity you should be good. You would have to watch your flue temp. I like to burn at 3/4 capacity @ 25 degs so you have some extra heat for real cold days or a fast warm up . I like to have three sizes of wood 16" 20" 25" I burn the 16" wood in the spring and fall 20" in the winter ( day time ) at about 25degs and the 25" for over night. When i scrounge wood thats been cut it allways smaller rounds most people cant deal with 25 " logs they are a pain to split even with a gas splitter . A smaller stove would be cheaper and it mite burn less wood . but you could leave a window open if it gets to hot
     
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    Wow hog very nice post . That is what i wanted to say . Im just better with a ax then with the key board .
     
  5. Hogwildz

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    I'm a 2 fingered typing machine ;)

    Actually putting off going to work on the addition.
    Calling for 90's & humid here today. I don't care for that.
     
  6. fossil

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    ^^ What hog said. His two fingers are working great this morning. My 2 pence worth is go ahead and spring for the fan upfront, because installing it later might be something of a bother. You can always turn it off if you don't want it running, but you can't turn it on if it's not there. I use the blower regularly on a freestanding stove, I can't imagine an insert without one. Rick
     
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    Rick brings up a good point, some inserts can be a real PITA to try an install the blower after installation. May require pulling the insert.
    Make your choice wisely.
     
  8. Rob17

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    Thankyou all for your responses and advice, in particular Hogwildz for your considered reply. Great to have some advice from someone who actually knows, and lives with a stove of this type, rather than relying on sales advice. I'll go away and do a bit more research on what's available, and come back and post again when I've decided. Think I will go for the fan option if I can get one in the right size, as you all make a good point about it being better to have it and not use use it, than wish it was there if I need it.

    Many thanks

    Rob
     
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    Keep us posted on how you make out.
     
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